Pick your Australian Ashes team for the first Test against England

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    Who would you pick if you were a selector for a day? (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

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    With Australia’s Test side due to be announced this Friday, we want to know who you think should be picked in the side to face England on November 23.

    There’s been no shortage of speculation around the make-up of the Test team heading into the Ashes. While the bowling attack will almost certainly comprise Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, the batting order is far from settled.

    Skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner are both certainties to be picked, and both Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb are extremely likely to be included in the line-up.

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    However, there have been serious concerns over Matthew Renshaw’s recent form, meaning the selectors could look to bring a new opener into the side to partner Warner at the top of the order.

    The race for the number six spot is wide open. Incumbent Glenn Maxwell had a decent second-round outing in the Sheffield Shield for Victoria, but the uncapped Jake Lehmann was even more impressive with scores of 103 and 93 against the Bushrangers. Neither has impressed in the current round of state cricket though.

    Hilton Cartwright has also been touted as another potential candidate for the position, as has fellow all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, although both have failed to put together a big score this Shield season.

    Then there’s the wicketkeeper’s spot. Selectors are under pressure from Australian fans to drop Matthew Wade after a string of poor performances with the bat, but none of his rivals for the gloves have demanded selection. Peter Nevill and Alex Carey have both kept tidily during the opening rounds of Sheild cricket, but neither has put a big score on the board.

    One player who has soared into contention is West Australian Cameron Bancroft. Bancroft, who has only taken the gloves for the Warriors due to an injury to regular keeper Sam Whiteman, made impressive scores of 76 not out and 86 opening the batting against New South Wales’ Test attack to catapult himself into the selection conversation, before following it up with an unbeaten double-century against South Australia.

    He’s now in the running to take the gloves for the opening Ashes Test, and is another option at number six. He may even be selected in place of Renshaw at the top of the order.

    So, who would you like to see line up in the first Test? Let us know by picking your Australian Ashes team with the selector below, including nominating your captain and wicketkeeper, and be sure to share your team in the comments and on Facebook.

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    • November 15th 2017 @ 12:11pm
      Curious George said | November 15th 2017 @ 12:11pm | ! Report


      • November 15th 2017 @ 1:14pm
        Steve said | November 15th 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

        Very funny..

      • November 15th 2017 @ 1:29pm
        Jake said | November 15th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

        You really are the monkey from the cartoon.

        • November 15th 2017 @ 1:33pm
          Deir-ba-zor said | November 15th 2017 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

          Except not as intelligent.

        • November 15th 2017 @ 4:22pm
          Ouch said | November 15th 2017 @ 4:22pm | ! Report

          An insult to the monkey if you don’t mid.

    • November 15th 2017 @ 12:22pm
      An Outsider said | November 15th 2017 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

      Shaun Marsh
      Alex Doolan
      Steve Smith
      Mitch Marsh
      George Bailey

      • November 15th 2017 @ 5:15pm
        Stuart Bywater said | November 15th 2017 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

        Thats a decent bowling line up

    • November 15th 2017 @ 12:22pm
      Brian said | November 15th 2017 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

      Bancroft (wk), Warner, Khawaja, Smith, Hilton/ Lehmann, Handscomb, Maxwell, Starc, Cummins, Hazle, Lyon.

      No other keeper is standing out with the gloves over Bancroft, and obviously his batting is head of the pack. I’d personally go Lehmann over Hilton given their form this year, but wouldn’t be upset if Carty is picked.

      • November 15th 2017 @ 12:27pm
        Ben said | November 15th 2017 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

        That’s my team as well.
        Currently i would pick Lehman over Cartwright.

        • November 15th 2017 @ 1:41pm
          Stuart Bywater said | November 15th 2017 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

          Wicket-keeping and opening don’t mix. CB is third string WK for WA. His forté is opening the batting.

      • November 15th 2017 @ 12:29pm
        Curious George said | November 15th 2017 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

        Brian, they wont pick Bancroft as keeper and opener my dear chum.

        Maxwell and Cartwright in same side is lunacy and would show how weak our batting stocks are.

        Lehmann is below zero chance my friend.

        Maxwell would be shaky if we are collapsing, not the sort of guy who could stop the rot (swinging for a big 6 and caught out)

        Then comes in Wade and makes a handy 3 runs

        Starc to top score.

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          November 15th 2017 @ 4:04pm
          Michael Keeffe said | November 15th 2017 @ 4:04pm | ! Report

          Are you suggesting Cartwright is a weak batsmen?

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        November 15th 2017 @ 1:58pm
        Cadfael said | November 15th 2017 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

        I won’t argue with Bancroft but if he opens then not as keeper. I would leave Renshaw to open with Warner then Khawaja, Smith, Hanscomb, Lehmann, Bancroft, Starc, Cummins, Lyon, Haze.

        • November 15th 2017 @ 5:04pm
          Stephen said | November 15th 2017 @ 5:04pm | ! Report

          Alot depends on smith and khawaja firing for us otherwise we are in trouble

    • November 15th 2017 @ 12:24pm
      Ben said | November 15th 2017 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

      Great idea.
      Will the results be shown?

    • November 15th 2017 @ 12:27pm
      Damo said | November 15th 2017 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

      Agar and Berendorff are injured so they really shouldn’t be in that list at all!

    • November 15th 2017 @ 12:37pm
      Tanmoy Kar said | November 15th 2017 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

      Warner, Renshaw, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Lehmann, Nevill, Starc, Cummins, Lyon, Hazelwood. Selectors should pick best gloves-man for an Ashes test scenario.

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